Safer & More Environmentally Friendly Material Handling Solutions Using Vacuum Lifting Technology

Proceedings Publication Date:

31 May 2018
Rob Verwilligen
Rob Verwilligen
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Construction Site Safety: We will compare the traditional way of handling pipe and other materials with slings and chains verses using a vacuum lifting system. The discussion will include examples of different material handling methods for both oil and gas pipeline and water and sewer pipeline projects, and with various materials including steel, concrete and plastic pipe. We will reinforce that by keeping people out of harm’s way during material handling operations, it dramatically reduces the chance for injury. Environmentally Friendly Options: We will discuss the benefits of using hydraulically powered equipment to ensure the most quiet and pollution free operation possible. In addition, hydraulic vacuum lifting systems reduce fuel and maintenance costs (compared to gas and diesel models). Material Handling Equipment for Energy and Infrastructure Pipeline Construction: We will discuss the different types of host machines that can utilize vacuum lifting systems such as lorry-mounted cranes, full size excavators, mini excavators, backhoes, forklifts, skid steer loaders, etc. Applications for Vacuum Lifting Systems in Energy and Infrastructure Pipeline Construction: We will review the traditional applications for vacuum lifting in the field (loading, unloading and placing pipe) and introduce emerging applications such as handling trench & road plate, precast concrete and saw-cut concrete. Conclusion: We will conclude with a summary of how vacuum lifting systems offer the safest, fastest, and most economical way to handle materials associated with energy and infrastructure pipeline construction.

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